No Response Syndrome has taken over Internet Job Searching and Internet Recruiting. Both job seekers and employers are infected!!
Millions of job seekers are applying to jobs and 'Never getting a Response!' from the employers. Meanwhile employers are being deluged with Non-qualified Applicants, keeping them busy trying keep up with the constantly changing technology, while adequately filtering through stack of candidates to find the qualified candidates.
The No Response Syndrome seems to spread from job seeker to employer and vice versa.
The cause of No Response Syndrome is unclear.
There are over 40,000 antidotes available, but these are seldom used, by employer and job seekers, alike.
Known causes seem to be related to the following statistics:
Recent US stats, suggest there are approximately 5,000,000 job openings listed online, yet the 3 Biggest job boards in the US, list approximately only 2,000,000 of those openings (40%).
Meanwhile, 80% of job seekers are searching and applying to the same job listings that everyone else is finding and applying for.
Employers are not responding to candidates who apply for the positions, whether the candidates are qualified or not.
The job boards have a vested interest in making the process of applying to multiple job postings very easy for job seekers. Thus creating an environment, where job seekers can apply to hundreds of job postings, whether they are qualified or not.
Because of the Response from the employers to the job seekers, the syndrome continues to multiply because candidates continue to apply to an increasing number of jobs, for which they are less and less qualified for, therefore increasing the number of non-qualified candidates employers must filter through.
The Good News is this, there is an antidote! In fact there are over 40,000 antidotes. These Antidotes are commonly referred to as Niche job boards.
While they have been around since the first days of the Internet, their adoption by job seekers and employers has been slow.
There are several types of Niche job boards;
o Industry specific sites
o Local and national professional associations
o Regionally specific job boards
o Local newspaper sites
o Community based sites.
These niche job boards solve most, if not all, of the No Response Syndrome causes.
The Top 5 Reasons to use niche job boards:
5. Niche job boards are by definition, marketed to and created for a smaller niche segment of the job market. As a result, there not only fewer job seekers, but also fewer off-topic job postings. This means there are more Relevant and Qualified Job seekers, per job posting. This also makes it easier for job seekers to find On topic and relevant positions, faster.
4. Niche boards have fewer job seekers. This is actually a good-thing for employers, as long as the visitors who are applying to the jobs actually meet the criteria of the niche market. Fewer, but more Qualified Candidates, is exactly the antidote the employers are looking for.
3. Niche boards also tend to have a closer relationship to their core job seeker users, providing more targeted job openings, more relevant employer information, and more job search related content and articles that engage their specific audiences better than the one-size fits all sites.
2. Employers are usually willing to offer more contact information, including phone numbers, names, and even direct email addresses, etc, on a niche job boards. Conversely, most employers will include limited contact information on the major job boards, because they cannot handle the influx of phone calls and emails that would occur.
And the Number 1 reason to use Niche Job boards to solve the No Response Syndrome.
1. Niche job boards can provide a 10 times increase in response per application, compared to the big boards.
How is this possible:
* The average response rate for a job posting on a Big job board can be as much as 100+ response per job.
* The average response rate per job, from a niche job board is around 7-10 responses.
* Using simple math, the odds of getting a response from either of the boards is as follows:
* Big board: 1 in 100 applicants = 1% chance of being seen.
* Niche board: 1 in 10 applicants = 10% chance of being seen.
Therefore, if employers want fewer, more qualified responses, instead of sifting through hundreds on non-qualified candidates, they should be posting to the top niche job boards in their industry and field.
Meanwhile, if a job seekers wants to increase their responses by up to 10 times, they are better off finding and applying to jobs posted on Niche job boards.